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Meet David Beavan our Parliamentary Candidate

November 2, 2019 12:23 PM

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David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat PPC for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley's decision to step down for personal reasons.
David is a well-known figure in East Suffolk and is the respected councillor for Southwold. He is an experienced campaigner who has successfully fought for the interests of his local communities and will do the same for South Suffolk.
David grew up in North Hertfordshire where he farmed and became only the second grower in the country to supply organic vegetables to supermarkets. He stood for the SDP in Waveney in 1987 gaining the best third party vote ever. Afterwards he moved to Southwold when his wife suddenly died and he had to look after two young children.
He combined water sports instruction with lecturing and teaching until he became a professional sail training skipper in the 1990's, restoring a 127 year old racing boat and taking underprivileged young people to sea from Lowestoft.
He won the safe Conservative council seat of Southwold for the Liberal Democrats in July 2018 with 70% of the vote and he was re-elected last May with 80% support, the highest personal vote in East Suffolk.
Last year, he successfully persuaded the Government to look at a loophole which allows second home owners to get away without paying either council tax or rates.
He lives with his partner Pamela. His son Jake works for Citizens Advice as a policy adviser and lives in Dedham with a French wife and two boys. His daughter Emily is a high-flying architect in London. David has helped run Southwold Rugby Club for 20 years and has returned from supporting England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan

  • aaa
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    For those who prefer watching movies as opposed to reading the book on which it is based, here is Jo's speech to launch our election manifesto. As someone who is still relatively new to leading the party, it also gives a good chance to watch here in action

    You can watch it here : https://www.libdems.org.uk/jo-swinson-manifesto-launch-speech

  • js2
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Our full Plan for the Future has been announced with the publishing of our Manifesto for the coming General Election
    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.
    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.
    Our politics has been dominated by the two, tired old parties for too long. This election provides an opportunity to change the future of our country.
    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

  • db3
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Window posters and stake boards supporting the Lib Dems are beginning to appear across South Suffolk. If you would like to show your support for the party you can order yours at https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/volunteer

    If you would like to donate to the campaign so that we can maximise our efforts please do so at https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/donate

  • sc
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Today, the Liberal Democrats announced plans to spend £10 billion more a year on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    A Liberal Democrat government will reverse frontline school cuts since 2015 with an emergency cash injection of £4.6 billion next year

    By 2024/25, the party will spend £10.6 billion more on schools than in 2019/20. This is more than the Conservatives have offered in every year of the Parliament.
    Liberal Democrats will use this money to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 over five years. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

  • nhs
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today set out their plans to protect the NHS, by stopping Brexit and investing an extra £35 billion in the health service and social care over the next five years.


    The Liberal Democrats would raise £7 billion a year in additional revenue, ring-fenced for the NHS and social care services, by adding a penny on income tax. On top of this, the party has announced a £10 billion capital fund to upgrade equipment, ambulances, hospitals and other NHS buildings to bring them into the 21st Century.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Polls regularly show the environment right up there with Brexit and the NHS as issues that the country really care about and which help determine their vote. If you are one of those who see it as a major concern you cannot consider voting for the Conservatives

    Leading scientist David King, who was Britain's climate ambassador at the Paris talks that led to the landmark 2015 agreement pledging to keep global heating below 2C, or 1.5C and government adviser on the climate crisis until 2017, questioned whether Johnson could be trusted on the environment. He said he would give the Conservatives no more than three or four out of 10 for their record on tackling the climate crisis. In the Guardian he is quoted saying

  • db1
    Article: Nov 16, 2019

    Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson will plant a tree in Hampstead today (Saturday 16 November), as the party announces ambitious proposals to undertake the largest tree-planting programme in UK history. A Liberal Democrat government will plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045.

  • gre
    Article: Nov 15, 2019

    Today Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor and Deputy Leader Ed Davey announced that a Liberal Democrat government would spend and invest an extra £100 billion of public finance on tackling the climate emergency and environmental preservation.


    Ed Davey said :

    On the £100 billion for climate and the environment

    "A Liberal Democrat Government will jump-start an economy-wide programme to tackle the climate emergency: I can announce today that across a 5 year Parliament, Liberal Democrats would spend and invest an extra £100 billion of public finance on climate action and environmental preservation.

    "This includes a new £10 billion Renewable Power Fund to leverage in over £100 billion of extra private climate investment. This will fast-track deployment of clean energy, to make Britain not just the world leader in offshore wind, but also the global number one in tidal power too. And we will invest £15 billion more to make every building in the country greener, with an emergency ten-year programme to save energy, end fuel poverty and cut heating bills."

  • nhs
    Article: Nov 15, 2019

    Politicians making promises at election time are always subject to great scepticism but they are one of the ways we make up our mind on who to Vote for. When it comes to the current Conservative Government it helps that we also have their track record on which to judge what they say

    Fresh on the news they have failed to build even a single one of the 200000 starter homes promised in 2015 (https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2019/1335459/beware-tories-bearing-gifts) we learn today in a BBC interview with Mr Johnson that only 272 GPs were recruited last year against a promise by Jeremy Hunt to add 5000 in the year. That may go some way to explaining the latest NHS Waiting List results which are truly awful with A&E waiting times the worst ever and waiting lists for admission to hospital at all time highs. And that is before the peak in demand that usually occurs over the winter months!

  • eo
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats today unveiled their plans for Equalities and Human Rights. The plan is at the heart of the party's vision to build a brighter future for everyone.

    The ambitious policies revealed by Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna include:
    *tackling the rise in hate crimes by making them all aggravated offences
    *providing funding for protective security measures to places of worship, schools and community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime and terror attacks
    *complete the introduction of equal marriage
    *reduce the over-representation of people from BAME backgrounds throughout the criminal justice system
    Liberal Democrats believe that we should all have the same opportunities regardless of where we come from or our circumstances.